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‘My Dad would probably say 'too loud and too depressing' '
After our interview with DIYers Spectres, we met Mutes, the latest generation inspired by the DIY ethos!
At our first gig as a full-band I managed to spill my drink onto the power strip to the main stage at the festival we were playing- cutting power to the whole room. The promoters were in the back looking fucking furious that I'd broken their festival and we were only the first band on. Then there's the time we left Josh's entire pedalboard at a venue and only realised a week later at practice. And it was still there at the venue- totally untouched, not a patch lead out of place. And we'll probably get too drunk and leave it somewhere else at some point.
They [Spectres] are noisy and loud and seem to be really going for it, which is admirable in an age when being in a band is basically the worst financial decision you could ever legally make. We are really inspired by them and their DIY spirit.
This new EP is a pivotal release for us because it is our first full-band outing. The last EP's were solo works, so this one is a bit more ambitious in its sonic scope. And I was able to turn the amps up, which I couldn't do in my bedroom, so naturally we put feedback everywhere on the EP. It was fun being in a basement for a week with not much to do other than record and occasionally pop out to the shop. Josh and I didn't initially have much of a cohesive plan when we sat down to start tracking, besides having a week off work and some half-finished songs.
Music is such an over-saturated art. I don't think our generation will be defined by anything it does artistically, because frankly we live in an age of revivalism. That said, it'll probably be Puddle of Mudd.
3rd Opinion: James sent us a message right after the publication of Spectres' articles: My name's James. I saw you just posted an interview with Spectres, who I'm really into! I thought I'd send something your way. I play in a noise-rock band from Birmingham called Mutes. Sonically, we're in the realm of bands like Mission Of Burma, Sonic Youth, Women, Deerhunter. Noisy guitar music with ambient leanings.
Mutes' upcoming EP Starvation Age, out via One Note Forever, reflects the DIY spirit which Spectres and other bands have endeavored to perfect. The EP is self-recorded in a basement on a dodgy Tascam 8-track and epitomises that loud Sonic Youth vibe mixed with calm ambient sounds. With Mutes, it's the storm before the calm!
Mutes began as singer/guitarist James George’s solo project. Though you could hear the potential, it wasn't quite the right sound yet. This new release, however, finally sees Mutes as a full band being able to turn the volume up to 11…exactly what the band needed. After spending a week in a basement drinking tins, eating junk food and messing around with feedback, Mutes got the sound they've been looking for and seem very happy with the outcome. Boyish and Holy Terror merge together as if they were the same song, whereas Memory Serves and Kissing Trees are two weird ambient songs which resonate beautifully calm and melodic. The final song Starvation Age showcases the capacity of Mutes to create intense and loud tune. It perfectly sums up the EP and leave you wanting for more.